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Challenges in the Supply Chain

As stated by the Supply Chain Council, current economic pressures have had at least one positive effect: companies have taken an intense look at their supply chains, questioning all assumptions and endeavoring to root out inefficiencies.

Roundtable discussions allow OEMs and suppliers to learn from one another rapidly. To that end, BONEZONE queried professionals within OEM companies for thoughts on their biggest challenges in the supply chain.

The responses that follow allow you to see inside the mind of your peers, including price pressures, lead times and beyond. What other challenges remain, that are not addressed here? Send your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Responses came from the following professionals.

Lance Provance (photo not available)
Supply Chain Manager
Arthrex Inc.

Lance Provance is Supply Chain Manager for Arthrex, a provider of sports medicine product development and educational services for orthopaedic surgeons.

Howard LevyHoward Levy
Chief Procurement Officer
Biomet, Inc.

Howard Levy has served as Chief Procurement Officer for Biomet since 2007. In this role, Mr. Levy has responsibility for Biomet’s global strategic sourcing activities for direct and indirect materials across manufacturing sites in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Biomet, Mr. Levy gained 20+ years of supply experience across diverse industries, including leadership of all global strategic sourcing initiatives at CSX, Navistar, Case New Holland and Ryerson.  

Chris HargettChris Hargett
Procurement Site Manager
DJO Surgical

Chris Hargett is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional and has over 15 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain management. Chris manages the Procurement and Supply Chain group at DJO Surgical in Austin, Texas.

Bob WestonBob Weston
Director of Strategic Business Planning
Ortho Development Corp.

Bob has been with Ortho Development for over 16 years and is responsible for planning, procurement, manufacturing, shipping and receiving. He is a graduate of the Teleflex Inc. Two Year Line Management Program and has held a wide variety of cross-functional management assignments in aerospace and medical segments at manufacturing facilities around the globe prior to joining Ortho Development. Mr. Weston holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Franklin Pierce College. 

David Finch (photo not available)
Senior Director, Corporate Procurement & Planning
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

David Finch is Senior Director, Corporate Procurement & Planning at Wright Medical. His past positions in the medical device industry have included Worldwide Director, Supply Chain for Johnson & Johnson and Supply Chain Manager with Becton Dickinson Public Company.